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See NYC subway cars being dumped into the Atlantic Ocean

After years of dutifully shepherding passengers around the metropolis, hundreds of the city’s subway cars have found a second life as marine habitats at the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean.

Brooklyn-based photographer Stephen Mallon spent three years documenting the recycling of the subway cars as they were loaded onto gigantic barges, hauled out to sea and dumped into the depths.

The subway cars form artificial reefs that attract turtles and mussels, and draw scuba-diving tourists.

Mallon kept his camera’s focus on the recycling of the subway cars, a high-seas drama that is captured in his images.

“I love the violent aspect of recycling,” said Mallon, who has been documenting the recycling industry for years. “This excavator is picking up these cars and flicking them into the ocean.”

The series of photographs titled Next Stop, Atlantic, were taken off the coasts of Virginia, Maryland, Delaware and South Carolina, between 2008 and 2010.

One of the images will be featured along with other work by Mallon in “Patterns of Interest” at NYU’s Kimmel Galleries from Feb. 6 to March 15.

Here are 11 images from the subway car series. All are courtesy of Mallon and Front Room Gallery. [h/t Reframe]















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